AMERICUS, Ga. – The King University softball team ran into a hot pitcher on Wednesday night at 20th ranked Columbus State University. The Cougars' Mollie Russell didn't allow a hit in the complete game victory as Columbus State defeated King 2-0.
In what turned out to be a pitcher's duel, King's Hannah Light nearly matched Russell pitch-for-pitch. Light allowed a couple base runners over the first couple innings before the Cougars finally broke through in the fourth inning.
Kristen Carr recorded the game's first hit to leadoff of the bottom of the fourth, a double to right field, before a walk put runners on first and second. Suzanne Carney, who pinch ran for Carr, scored on a bunt single by Morgan Knight to get Columbus State (25-11) on the board. The Cougars would tack on an unearned run later in the inning, and that was all Russell needed.
Russell didn't allow a base runner until the seventh inning when Fallon Thomas reached on an error. However, Russell wasn't fazed as she retired the next batter to complete the no-hitter, and give Columbus state the 2-0 victory. In the game, Russell struck out 13 batters against zero walks.
Light only allowed those two runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out six.
King (12-20) will be in action again tomorrow when they take on Young Harris College. The doubleheader from Young Harris, Ga., is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.